507: Going Deeper: How the Inner-child Impacts Sexual Addiction
Eddie Capparucci, Ph.D.
Abundant Life Counseling
2625 Sandy Plains Rd., Ste. 204
Marietta, GA 30066
In the treatment of sex/porn addictions, many methods focus on helping individuals control compulsive behaviors. However, many individuals addicted to sex also demonstrate similar characteristics often overlooked during the counseling process. These issues are critical to overall treatment and, when addressed, could lead to better clinical outcomes. These include, but are not limited to, low emotional IQ, inability to fully emotionally bond, lack of curiosity, inability to process emotional pain, more internally focused, and lack of mindfulness. The Inner Child Recovery Process is a new treatment method centered upon increasing self-reflection, insight, emotional maturity, and mindfulness. All designed to answer the WHY question. Why have sex and porn had a stronghold on my life? I believe the answer to that question lies with our Inner Child. This presentation will demonstrate many of the issues that lead to the development of a sex addiction start at a very young age and can be contributed to Arrested Emotional Development in the formative years of a child’s life. By understanding this, mental health professionals can introduce education programs designed to teach parents and school officials how to assist in cultivating and maintaining the healthy emotional building blocks necessary for an individual to be more assertive, engaging, and mindful of the wants, needs, and desires of themselves and others. This presentation will focus on getting to the root of “why” individuals engage in these harmful activities. And by understanding “why” sex and porn have a stronghold on their lives, individuals are more empowered to develop the tools needed to manage their addictions and improve relationships.
• Describe the components of the Inner Child Recovery Process and how to apply it in treatment with a licensed mental health professional
• Explain how the Inner Child impacts sexual/pornography addiction
• Critique how low emotional IQ and the inability to emotionally connect impact sexual/pornography addiction